From The Ground Up

The Publication of Archaeological Projects

a user needs survey

 


Appendices

Appendix 4.2: Questionnaire results (section 2)

Definitions of terms used in the questionnaire

Fieldwork project: any fieldwork (or underwater) project, including watching briefs, evaluations, excavations, and surveys of all kinds (e.g. buildings, earthworks, field walking, geophysics and aerial photography), as well as related artefact and ecofact (environmental) analysis.

Fieldwork publication: any work that serves to record and disseminate information derived from a fieldwork project (as defined above), whether produced in printed or other media. This broad definition includes 'grey literature' as well as 'published works' (see below).

Published work: any publication which is issued for public sale/widespread distribution, and/or has an ISBN/ISSN.

Grey literature: any work which is not issued for public sale/widespread distribution and does not have an ISBN/ISSN, as is often the case, for instance, with reports derived from small-scale developer-funded projects.

Project archive: the primary records (including paper, digital (computerised) and microfiche records, plans, notes, recording sheets, and photographs) and the collected remains (including artefacts and ecofacts) resulting from a fieldwork project. (Although the records and collected remains may be deposited at different locations in some parts of the British Isles, they are here both defined as forming part of the overall project archive.)

'Use' of publications: anything ranging from brief consultation to in-depth study/extensive reading.



2. How you obtain information and use archaeological publications in general

2.1 How useful do you find the following sources of information for maintaining an overview of recent work in your field(s) of study / area(s) of interest?

Source of information very useful sometimes useful not useful difficulty gaining access don't know no response
Abstracting / bibliographic publications (eg British & Irish Archaeological Bibliography) 15% 40% 7% 11% 18% 9%
Publications containing lists and / or brief reports (eg Discovery & Excavation in Scotland) 31% 43% 6% 4% 9% 6%
National Monuments Records / Sites and Monuments Records) 37% 33% 11% 5% 9% 5%
Publishers' catalogues 14% 55% 12% 1% 11% 7%
Publications on specific subjects / regions / periods (syntheses) 60% 33% 1% 1% 2% 3%
Relevant journals / magazines 71% 26% 1% 0% 1% 1%
Maps 44% 35% 11% 1% 4% 6%
Conferences / lectures / seminars 33% 56% 3% 4% 1% 3%
Colleagues / friends 51% 43% 2% 1% 1% 3%
World Wide Web (WWW) 5% 31% 11% 22% 19% 11%
Email bulletin boards 3% 19% 14% 20% 32% 12%
Other 4% 3% 0% 0% 4% 89%

2.2 Do you feel that there is relevant information being produced in your field(s) of study / area(s) of interest that you are not aware of?

(178 / 22%) No
(416 / 52%) Yes, sometimes
(151 / 19%) Yes, often
(49 / 6%) Unanswered

2.3 How do you obtain the archaeological publications which you use?

Means of obtaining them most important means 2nd most important means 3rd most important means
Buy them at publication price 16% 18% 16%
Buy them when remaindered 4% 8% 12%
Subscribe to journals / obtain journals as a member of a society 24% 21% 14%
Read in / borrow from a public library 3% 5% 7%
Read in / borrow from a society / university / institution library 42% 13% 10%
Borrow through inter-library load 1% 9% 6%
Borrow from friends / colleagues 1% 9% 11%
Photocopy them 3% 9% 9%
Obtain from NMR / SMR (grey literature) 4% 3% 6%
Access to them on the WWW 0% 1% 2%
Other 2% 1% 1%
Unanswered 1% 0% 0%

2.4 In general, how often do you monitor relevant journals and other sources of information specifically to maintain an awareness of recent fieldwork projects in the following regions / countries?

Region / country on average
monthly quarterly annually less than annually never unanswered
Channel Islands 1% 1% 5% 16% 57% 2%
England 23% 29% 25% 12% 6%  
Ireland 6% 13% 14% 26% 25%  
Isle of Man 1% 3% 6% 20% 50%  
Scotland 9% 14% 20% 25% 18%  
Wales 7% 15% 18% 27% 19%  
Other regions / countries abroad 8% 14% 17% 25% 18%  

2.5a In the last 6 months, how often have you used the following types of archaeological publication?
(Please tick one box per row)

NB For definition of 'use' and 'grey literature' see front page.

Type of publication

on average

once a week or more every 1-2 weeks every 2-4 weeks less than once a month not at all
Fieldwork publications: monographs          
Fieldwork publications: in journals / magazines          
Fieldwork publications: 'grey literature'          
Publications on specific subjects / regions / periods (syntheses)          
Publications on method and / or theory          
Publications on heritage and / or management          
Policy / legislation documents          
Museum collection catalogues          
Popular archaeological publications (inc site / exhibition catalogues)          
Other(s) (please specify):

 

         

2.5b Is this 6-month period representative of your normal pattern of use of these types of publication?

() yes
() no
() don't know / no opinion

If 'no', how does it differ from your normal pattern:

 


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